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Sen. John Kennedy releases statement condemning violence at U.S. Capitol

Posted at 1:35 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 14:35:29-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, has released a statement condemning the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while a joint session of Congress met to certify Electoral College votes for the presidential election.

In the statement, Kennedy says what happened at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was "despicable and shameful."

Kennedy also says that those responsible should "go to jail and pay for the destruction they caused" with "no exceptions."

"I condemned rioters and mob violence last summer in our cities, and I condemn them now," wrote Kennedy. "I’m proud that Congress was not cowed. We returned to the Senate floor late last night and finished our work early this morning.

"Most Louisianians get up every day, go to work, obey the law, pay their taxes and try to do right by their kids. They would never join a mob," he said. "They care about election integrity, and many are concerned about irregularities surrounding the Nov. 3 election. I came to the Capitol yesterday to give them a voice. I joined several Senate colleagues in calling for a bipartisan commission to inspect election issues raised across the country.

"Our proposal was not successful, but our goal to ensure full confidence and transparency in our elections—for all Americans—is a noble one, and I’ll keep pursuing it," said Kennedy.

He ended his statement by thanking the Capitol Police, the National Guard and all law enforcement who kept every safe calling them heroes.

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